Saturday, 31 December 2011

Bye bye 2011

The last few days have been quite uneventful. We met up with the bf's dad and stepmom a few times. Usually to eat. They didn't really want to visit any tourist things (lots of them were closed anyway). So instead we had a lot of good food. Not complaining there. Time at home I mainly spend reading and watching movies. Great and relaxing.
So today it's the last day of the year and I think it's time to look at last year's resolutions and see how I've done:

  1. Drop ten kilos by the end of the year (preferably not gain any back over Christmas). Surprise surprise this happened! Well, not the last bit. I dropped 12 kilos, but gained 3 back during the holidays. But I am back on healthy eating tomorrow so not worried at all.
  2. Read at least one book a month for pleasure (doesn't count if it's for study). Easy peasy.
  3. Regularly update Goodreads.Done!
  4. Get a haircut at least twice a year (yeah, that's a LOT for me) and make it short.  Done two by May! But none since. Bad me! Might get a cut in January.
  5. Try to eat at least one piece of fruit a day. This has not happened since I switched to a diet back in October that avoids fruit. But I eat loads of fresh vegetables.
  6. Go one week without carbohydrates (bf swears on this so let's try it out). I never did a whole week, but basically do six days of it and then an indulgence day on number 7.
  7. Go out for drinks to a new place at least once a month. I think I managed this. Was not really counting though.
  8. Go to at least six new and exciting dinner places during the year. I thought I would totally fail on this, but since the bf's dad took us out three times this week I managed! LOL.
  9. Go out at least twice a month and ignore work/study for those nights. I meet people from uni about twice a month for drinks/bookclub. So to my own surprise I managed to do this.
  10. Go running once a week. FAIL!
  11. Have a detox day once a month. Fail. Though I feel with the diet I switched to it's really unnecessary. Though what I did do I stocked up on bath bombs, so now will try to have a nice relaxing bath about once a month.
  12. Cook at least two times a week.Bf complains I didn't do it, but I think I tried hard. Though I do make him cook more than me. He's just better at it.
  13. Go to the movies at least six times. Win, Win (May), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, 50/50, Breaking Dawn. Two missing. Darn.
  14. Watch at least four Studio Ghibli movies that I haven't seen yet. My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies. I recorded some on our new TV. Now just need to watch them. But yeah, FAIL!
  15. Use up all the tea in the kitchen before buying any new ones (except my daily dose of green tea. Cannot live without that. But all the 'fun' ones have to go before stocking up again). Fail, I tossed all the ones out when we moved that I knew I wouldn't be drinking anymore.
  16. Go through the whole wardrobe and throw out what I haven't worn for a year or doesn't fit/isn't comfy/looks horrible. Yes! But I kept some things, maybe will have to do it again... Did it again while moving. Tossed out so many clothes mainly due to no storage to keep them. Am very proud of myself.
  17. Buy one pair of shoes that looks good with skirts. And maybe buy a new pencil skirt. I bought some new sandals, which look really nice with skirts. And now also some heels for the winter. Still hard to walk in but at least they look decent.
  18. Smile when somebody wants to take a photograph of me (instead of yelling at them). Yeah, this worked out good for me. Bf complains I don't let him take pictures of me. Which is not true. I don't have any images of him because he keeps hiding from the camera...
  19. Buy a wrist watch. Done! See here...
  20. Reply to messages within three days. No delays allowed. Yes, waiting three months is too long. Sigh, I am still very bad at this. Though got a bit better.
  21. Go on chat/messenger programmes at least twice a week to stay in touch with friends. Still not big at going on messenger. I even turned off the facebook one.
  22. Start an address book and update it regularly.Fail. Though I still would like to do it. I did find my old one. But it's not up-to-date.
  23. Do not just get any job when graduating. It has to be a publishing job. Done, done, done!!!
  24. Put away money once I got a job for a trip to Japan. Working on it. We want to book in a few weeks. I got enough for the flight, now need to save for the money I will need there.
  25. Do the Japanese homework every week for term 2 and 3 and study for half an hour a week on top of the homework. Let's not talk about this...
  26. Finish Japanese for Busy People I and work through half of Japanese for Busy People II. I had high hopes for this to do it in between uni and job starting. But then I started work before I even finished uni, so yeah, that didn't happen....
So there are many things I haven't quite accomplished what I set out to do. But on others things I think I have done rather well. I want to do some New Years resolutions for 2012. Need to have a think about what I want to achieve next year and what to concentrate on and then I will put it up.
Until then... Everyone have a great start to 2012! It can only get better...


  1. Cool. Congrats on the WIN and maybe next time on the FAIL. :)


  2. Nice relaxing day to end the year, sounds good to me. ;) Happy New Year Judith!! :)

  3. Seems like you did pretty good with your resolutions (oops, just typed 'revolutions')! I gave up on trying to do resolutions years ago because i always forget about them.
    And you're like me with the haircuts.. i think i went this whole year without going to get a haircut, although i did cut it myself a couple times. It's in desperate need of a professional cut though. I guess that could be my resolution for the year!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Very impressed that you've managed to tick most of those off!! I haven't really thought about my resolutions for this year but I guess I should. I do like being able to tick things off lists.
    Happy new Year. Good luck saving for your trip - and with the Japanese study.


  5. @Nev: Thanks! Not too bothered about the fails. They were mainly supposed to get me out of the house or get me to do things I actually like doing, but always put on the backburner for one reason or another.

    @Laura: Happy New Year! It was indeed relaxing. Ended up mixing mojitos and watching TV.

    @-phx-: Happy New Year!!
    I didn't use to make resolutions. But this was fun, so I want to do it again this year. Still working them out though. Getting haircuts will definitely be on the list again. At least you cut your hair. I wish somebody would do mine, so I wouldn't have to go to the hairdresser. How do you cut your own?!

    @gaijinwife: Thanks! Ticking things off is just so satisfying. I think I will try to be very specific with my goals again. That makes it so much easier to tick them off. Good luck with your own resolutions!